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This bird is small (about 8–9 cm long) with yellowish olive upper parts, a white eye ring, yellow throat and vent. The belly is whitish grey. The sexes look similar. It is a resident breeder in open woodland in tropical Asia, east from the Indian Subcontinent to Southeast Asia, extending to Indonesia and Malaysia.
The species is found in a wide range of habitats from scrub to moist forest. They sometimes occur on mangrove areas and on islands.